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Fresh Air Weekend: Edward Norton; Best Books; ‘Stranger Things’ Star David Harbour

Edward Norton (shown here with co-star Gugu Mbatha-Raw) describes his Motherless Brooklyn character as a sad and lonely “street kid.” Glen Wilson/Warner Bros. Pictures hide caption toggle caption Glen Wilson/Warner Bros. Pictures Edward Norton (shown here with co-star Gugu Mbatha-Raw) describes his Motherless Brooklyn character as a sad and lonely “street kid.” Glen Wilson/Warner Bros. […]

Fortune Writers and Editors Recommend Their Favorite Books of 2019

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Check it out: Animal picture books are perfect for cozy reading

This is an absolutely delightful adaptation of Margaret Wise Brown’s classic “Goodnight Moon.” It opens with these lines: “In the small blue room / There was a bubbala / And a little shmatta / And then, oy vey!, came — / The whole mishpacha!” The “bubbala” is a little bunny, and the “whole mishpacha” is […]

Books, binders and bleed-control kits: How school shootings are changing classroom basics

When a student recently opened fire at a California high school, staff members did what they were trained to do. They shepherded students to safe spaces, barricaded doors, pulled shades — and, when gunfire struck, used techniques adapted from the battlefield to save lives. The staffers used two bleeding-control kits in the Nov. 14 shooting […]

The 2019 Sweat Science Holiday Book List

Cyber Monday has come and gone, but you somehow failed to acquire the right wirelessly charging, life-quantifying, smart-home-enabled wearable techno-gadget for everyone on your Christmas list. That’s OK. Books are cheap every day of the year, and they’re brimming with knowledge and inspiration. Here are some suggestions for the endurance nerds, science geeks, and just […]

Three very different holiday gift-giving books for under $20

If your gift exchange group has a $20 limit, and there are readers on the list, here are three very different books that fit the budget. “Becoming: A Guided Journal for Discovering Your Voice” by Michelle Obama (Penguin Random House, $19.99) Michelle Obama’s  “Becoming” is the best-selling memoir of all time. Now she offers a […]

The GOOD books

An excerpt from Lamentations reads: “Let us examine our ways, and test them, and let us return to the Lord.” Examinations of faith through the lens of oneself and others form the foundation of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette‘s selection of book recommendations for holiday gift-giving this year. Multidenominational and suggested for readers of all faiths, the […]

Best of 2019: the 15 best books we read this year

Over the four years I’ve been writing these “best books of the year” lists as Vox’s book critic, I’ve realized the lists aren’t really about what the publishing landscape looks like in a given year. They’re about which tiny slice of the 2 million books published every year I’ve chosen to give my attention to, […]

Virginia looks at scrapping defunct, racist laws still on the books

“It has no force of law, but the ugly words are still there,” Northam said of the old laws, which he will push the General Assembly to repeal in the session that begins in January. “You might ask, ‘Governor, if those old laws aren’t in effect anymore, why does it matter if we take them […]

Times Critics’ Top Art Books of 2019

‘GREAT WOMEN ARTISTS’ (Phaidon Press Limited). The middle word of the title is wittily crossed out on the book’s cover and opening page, as if to imply that the gender of those included is irrelevant. Alphabetical order prevails; each artist is given a large color photograph, biographical information and a bit of aesthetic interpretation of […]